In an effort to better understand the workforce needs of businesses in the region during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Finger Lakes Workforce Investment Board developed a survey in May. Surveys were e-mailed out to 800 employers of which 90 responded. Information provided will be used to help develop responsive workforce development services. Below is a brief summary:
- Responses were from a wide range of industries including Advanced Manufacturing (19%), Agriculture (17%), Healthcare and Human Services (13%), Construction (12%), Accommodation and Food Service (11%), Transportation (8%), and Retail (7%). 13% of respondents were from other industries not listed.
- 54% of responding employers said they did not lay off any employees while the remaining respondents laid off a total of 965 workers.
- When asked if they had a plan to bring back workers 30 employers said yes, 40 said the question did not apply to their circumstance and 10 employers said they had no plans.
- The majority of responding employer said they added PPE, social distancing or sanitizing protocols to the workplace.